Top Newcastle Youngster Frustrated – Loan Deal Probable

19 year-old goalkeeper Freddie Woodman is currently away on International duty with the England U19 side and he’s expressed his frustration at not being able to make his Newcastle debut last season, after he had looked good in pre-season in America and was on the bench  lots of times last season for the Magpies.

Freddie is the son of former Newcastle goalkeeping coach Andy Woodman, who is now back working for Crystal Palace with Alan Pardew and there have been rumors that a number of clubs (including Palace, Freddie’s former club)  are interested in the 19 year-old, who has one year left on his contract at Newcastle.

freddie woodman in action at Newport

Freddie Woodman on loan at Crawley last season

The plan last season was for Freddie to be out on loan at League Two club Crawley Town and he played 12 games there before Tim Krul picked up that serious knee injury last October and Freddie was recalled.

Freddie went onto the Newcastle bench immediately since at the time Karl Darlow was also injured.

And then when Rob Elliot picked up his serious knee injury in late March, Freddie was on the bench again as Karl Darlow went between the sticks, but the youngster never did make his debut last season.

This is what the young up-and-coming goalkeeper has to say about that on Newcastle’s web-site:

“I’ve been close to making my debut so many times,”  “At the end of the season, I’d been on the bench nearly 30 times and not to get a game is so frustrating, but I’m still young, I’m still learning.”

“I’m at my happiest when I’m playing, but I have to keep going, be patient and I know my chance will come as long as I keep my standards high and keep the good habits that I’ve got.”

“If I can come back here and I’ve got a chance of having a crack at the first team, I’ll definitely give it a go.”

“I felt like I came back more respected after the loan spell,” “I’ve played games in the league now, and I wasn’t just a kid from the academy coming up. I felt good in myself, I felt confident, I felt strong.”

“I’d come off the back of 12 good games in League Two, three or four good clean sheets, so I was happy.”

Newcastle are well stocked with goalkeepers at the moment with Krul, Elliot, Darlow and young Woodman and the plan this season will be to get Freddie some games out on loan.

But Tim Krul may not be ready for first team action in August and Rob Elliot is certainly not ready, so Freddie may even be on the bench again in the early games.

Woodman is a star in the England U19 team, along with Adam Armstrong, and they will both be in Germany during the summer for the U19 European Championships with England.

Woodman’s development last season was certainly impacted by the injuries to both Krul and Elliot and it will be important for Rafa Benitez to get this very promising goalkeeper some games out on loan, where he can further develop his undoubted skills.

Maybe a club in League One would be the best bet for Freddie.

Rafa certainly has lots of work to do this summer and he also looks almost like a one man band at Newcastle, but he’s also a very experienced  and world-class as a manager.

And it’s not too surprising that Freddie is a little frustrated with what happened last season – but these things happen in football.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

6 comments so far

  • j.tudor

    Jun 9, 2016 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #1

    This applies to all our kids……
    Football is football no matter what league you play in age has buggar all to do with it.If they are good enough play em young burn em out ,so what,they are a commodity to be used…

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jun 9, 2016 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #2

    Should he stay or should he go on loan.

    Tough one to call – personally I would send him out on loan to Coventry until January. i thought he went off the boil second par of last season – don’t know if it was fatigue, lost confidence or tad unlucky – i think he only scored 1 goal in the last three months.

    Take Harry Kane at Spurs – went on loan to various clubs to learn the trade and look at him now.

    As I have wrote on numerous occasions I would of taken Ross McCormack when he was at Leeds and still would now

  • Rotonda heights

    Jun 9, 2016 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #3

    if only we had that money wasted on thauvin, cabella, rivi etc to bring in Ayala for 15M now.

  • geordie157

    Jun 9, 2016 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #4

    It’s a tough one with Woodman, part of me thinks we can offload krul but Woodman would still only be second choice until Elliot returns.

    A loan with an option to recall seems the best option, hopefully a league one club, possibly Swindon who have a good young side there and are searching for a no.1 for the season.

  • geordie157

    Jun 9, 2016 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #5

    As for Armstrong, no harm loaning him out however I’d play him up front with mitrovic. Which then leaves the problem on where did Perez play, in the no.10 role possibly or off the bench.

    Rafa has some interesting decisions to make. Also can he get thauvin playing well, I think he will.

  • ShirebrookToon

    Jun 9, 2016 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #6

    Get Moussa dembele from Fulham. He’s a free agent this summer


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